Sunday, 22 July 2012

Here's a tip ... learn how to type

I've been working hard on completing the first draft of my first novel and I've done it!  Yep, 80 000 words of literary genius error-ridden plot is now saved and backed up on my mac.  So, after reading what other novelists do with their second draft, I decided to retype the whole thing so that I can deliberate upon every word, every comma.

As I sat down to do this I became aware of how slow I was as a typist.  It was taking me forever to type just one paragraph.  So I decided to learn how to touch type.

I installed a free app called 'Typist' (who'da thought) and it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my writing career so far (all six months of it).

If you're thinking that it's simply a form of procrastination cleverly disguised as writing, well you could be onto something.  But don't tell my higher consciousness that.

Seriously, my typing has improved and it is nice to look at the screen rather than the keyboard.